Being a true Wine Whore, I enjoy any event where I can sample a great deal of wine for little or no money. One of my favorite local wine stores, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, offers a wine tasting event that is just what I am looking for. Ten dollars at the door for a T-shirt, tasting glass, bottle opener, and the chance to taste wine from nineteen tables conveniently setup throughout the store. If you are looking to make a purchase, the whole event really only costs $5 thanks to the $5 off coupon you receive towards anything you take home. Wine wasn�t the only thing to be tasted. All kinds of food and liquor were there to keep you busy between pours. I wasn�t wasting my time however eating appetizers. There were way too many wines to try thanks to the friendly and informative staff there to answer questions and be very generous with the pours.

Some of my favorites from the tasting included:
CHATEAU CABRIERE CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE ~$40
TRAVAGLINI GATTINARA 2002 ~$35
VALFIERI BAROLO ~$30
BERINGER KNIGHTS VALEY NAPA CABERNET SAUVIGNON ~$25
SIMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON ~ $20


I was also surprised to try the following wines:
QUINTA DE CHOCAPALHA 2003 ~$27
TEMPUS ALBA PRELUDIO TEMPRANILLO ~$16
SEBEKA CABERNET/PINOTAGE ~$9
MONDAVI PRIVATE SELECTION VINETTA ~$10


Feeling tipsy after only an hour, I wanted to make sure to be able to safely make my way home. The good news is that ABC runs these events weekly at different stores throughout the state. You can be sure to find me at the next local tasting accompanied by a designated driver.

For more info, check out their calendar of events.




Additional Links/Information:

Calendar http://www.abcfws.com/ABCHome/ABCWineTastingsSpecialEvents/ABCEventsCalendar/tabid/59/Default.aspx


Website
http://www.abcfws.com/




Listing of Tables and Wines for Tasting

Table 1
CA D'GAL ASTI SPUMANTE
JAILLANCE CLAIRETTE DE DIE
BLOCK 312 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA RUTHER
QUINTA DE CHOCAPALHA 2003
TANTINI ETTORE 2004
SHADES OF AFRICA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
EDGEWOOD MERLOT
DOM ROCHES NEUVES INSOLITE 2004
PIGS IN THE SKY CHARDONNAY

Table 2
CSM INDIAM WELLS MERLOT 2001
MONDAVI MERLOT NAPA
STAGS' LEAP CABERNET SAUVIGNON
TRAVAGLINI GATTINARA 2002
ARTESA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2002

Table 3
ZOLO SAUVIGNON BLANC
ZOLO CHARDONNAY
ZOLO TORRONTES
TEMPUS ALBA PRELUDIO TEMPRANILLO
ALTO CEDRO MALBEC

Table 4
SIMI SAUVIGNON BLANC
SIMI CHARDONNAY
SIMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON
SIMI MERLOT

Table 5
STERLING CHARDONNAY VINTNER COLLECTION
STERLING CABERNET SAUVIGNON VINTNER COLLECTION
STERLING MERLOT VINTNER COLLECTION
BEAULIEU COASTAL CABERNET SAUVIGNON
BEAULIEU COASTAL CHARDONNAY
BEAULIEU COASTAL MERLOT

Table 6
D'ARENBERG SHIRAZ LOVE GRASS 2004
D'ARENBERG LUCKY LIZARD CHARDONNAY
D'ARENBERG SHIRAZ
D'ARENBERG STUMP WHITE
D'ARENBERG STUMP JUMP RED

Table 7
TOASTED HEAD RUSSIAN RIVER CHARDONNAY
NOBILO ICON SAUVIGNON BLANC
BLACKSTONE MONTEREY RIESLING
RAVENSWOOD LODI ZINFANDEL
LINDEMAN SHIRAZ/CABERNET BIN 55
JUNIOR JOHNSON MIDNIGHT MOONSHINE

Table 8
VILLA MARIA PINOT NOIR
BILTMORE ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
FAT BASTARD SHIRAZ
SEBEKA CABERNET/PINOTAGE
SEBEKA SAUVIGNON BLAND
SONOMA CUTRER SONOMA COAST CHARDONNAY
IRON HORSE CHARDONNAY
NEIL ELLIS SINCERELY SAUVIGNON BLANC
SCHMITT SOHNE RIESLING KABINETT
HERRADURA REPOSADO TEQUILA

Table 9
AQUINAS PINOT NOIR
AQUINAS CABERNET SAUVIGNON
HAYMAN & HILL RUSSIAN RIVER CHARDONNAY
HAYMAN & HILL SANTA LUCIA HIGHLAND
HAYMAN & HILL DRY CREEK VALLEY ZINFANDEL
HAYMAN & HILL NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
CASTELLO D'ABOLA PINOT GRIGIO
CASTELLO D'ALBOLA CHIANTI CLASSICO
MONTEMASSI LE FACAIE
PIPER HEIDSIECK BRUT CUVEE RED BOX
PIPER HEIDSIECK EXTRA DRY
PIPER HEID ROSE SAUVAGE
FIREFLY SWEET TEA VODKA
CARAVELLA LIMONCELO

Table 10
BOTTEGA VINAIA PINOT GRIGIO 2005
FONTERUTOLI BADIOLA
ROCCA DELLE MACIE SASYR
LABOURE ROI COTES DU RHONE
BERTANI VALPANTENA SECCO
ANSELMI SAN VINCENZO

Table 11
IL PIAGGIONE CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA
VALFIERI BAROLO
POGGIO IL CASTELLARE BRUNELLO DI MONTALC
CHATEAU DE MALIGNY CHABLIS
CHATEAU MALIGNY CHABLIS 1ER CRU FOURCHAUME
CHATEAU CABRIERE CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE
RENE LEQUIN COLIN BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY
RENE LEQUIN COLIN BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR

Table 12
ST PIERRE DE MEJANS COTES DU LUBERON
ST PIERRE DE MEJANS ROSE 2005
ABBE ROUS BANYULS

Table 13
SQUARE ONE VODKA
RON BARCELO IMPERIAL RUM
RON BARCEL ANEJO RUM

Table 14
EFFEN VODKA

Table 15
OYSTER BAY SAUVIGNON BLANC MARLOBOROUGH
OYSTER BAY MERLOT HAWKES BAY
TAMARI MALBEC RESERVA
SEVEN DAUGHTERS RED
SEVEN DAUGHTERS WHITE
BOUTARI MOSCHOFILERO

Table 16
ALICE WHITE LEXIA
ALICE WHITE CHARDONNAY
CLOS DU BOIS MERLOT
CLOS DU BOIS CABERNET SAUVIGNON
MONDAVI PRIVATE SELECTION PINOT NOIR
MONDAVI PRIVATE SELECTION VINETTA

Table 17
COLUMBIA CREST GRAND ESTATES RIESLING
COLUMBIA CREST GRAND ESTATES SAUVIGNON BLANC
RED DIAMOND SHIRAZ
CHATEAU ST MICHELLE DRY RIESLING
ERATH PINOT GRIS
TORMARESCA NEPRICA RED BLEND
ANTINORI SANTA CHRISTINA SANGIOVESE
ANTINORI SANTA CHRISTINA PINOT GRIGIO

Table 18
MAKERS MARK BOURBON
WILD TURKEY LIQUEUR W/HONEY
SKYY PASSION FRUIT INFUSION VODKA
X RATED LIQUEUR FUSION

Table 19
BERINGER CALIFORNIA CABERNET
BERINGER CALIFORNIA MERLOT
BERINGER III CENTURY PINOT NOIR
BERINGER KNIGHTS VALEY NAPA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
BOOMERANG VODKA


History of ABC
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits was founded by Jack Holloway in 1936 in Orlando, Florida. A cigar store manager, he saw the end of Prohibition as bringing an opportunity to expand from cigars into spirits. In 1950 ABC Liquors was born; company legend has it that Jack Holloway wanted not only a name that local residents would easily remember, but one that would show up first in the phone book. By 1970, the company maintained not only a growing chain of retail stores, but an increasing number of attached �lounges� in styles from basic neighborhood watering hole, to (in later years) country and western dance bars and discotheques. With almost 200 stores, stretching from Tallahassee to Naples and Boca Raton, ABC was clearly the country�s largest privately owned wine and spirits retailer. In 1993, ABC Liquors began using the name �ABC Fine Wine & Spirits� in some of its larger locations to highlight the expanded wine selection.


New stores average 10,000 square feet in size. These often include walk-in cigar humidors, temperature-controlled wine cellars, and massive cold space for imported and micro brewed beers. Some locations also feature a temperature controlled wine vault where customers store their wine and keep the key. ABC carries more than four thousand fine wines, a selection of more than four hundred cigars, and both rare and popular spirits. Our larger stores also offer a variety of gourmet foods, custom gift baskets and gift wrapping.



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